Texas A&M alum Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale was killed on June 28 during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. Tisdale was killed by another soldier who then shot himself.
Days after the soldier’s death, word spread that Westboro Baptist Church members were planning to protest Tisdale’s funeral.
When Ryan Slezia, a former Texas A&M student, heard of the group’s plans, he hatched a plot to foil their efforts.
“In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon. In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm. This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity,” he wrote on Facebook, inviting others to join him in a peaceful protest.
One participant tweeted that over 650 people showed up in maroon shirts to create a “maroon wall”. It appears that the Westboro protestors never showed up.
As the son of a Texan, I’m proud of the Aggies; and as the brother of some Baptists I can tell you that Westboro “Baptist” does NOT represent most Baptists. You know that your hatred is out of control when even the KKK says, “Um…we’re not with them.”